2018 National 18 Class Championships

West Mersea   Sunday 15 – Friday 20 July 2018

80 years of sailing   1938 – 2018

Welcome to West Mersea and the West Mersea Yacht Club.

We are delighted that the National 18’s selected the Blackwater Estuary for their 80th Anniversary National Championship.  The racing will be hosted by the West Mersea Yacht Club, however we are excited to include both the Dabchicks Sailing Club, where we have a longstanding relationship, and the Blackwater sailing club, where this association is new.  Thank you both for your contributions.

For those competitors travelling from Ireland, welcome to Essex.  Many of us here have travelled to Ireland for events in and around Cork/Kinsale and appreciate the effort you have made to be with us. Please bring the Craich, the music, we will get the beer in, and most of all enjoy your sailing and have fun.

Our Scottish friends have had to deal with the A1 once again.  On behalf of the organisers and the class thanks for the effort. We look forward to the banter and of course a few drams.

Finally welcome to all the other competitors no matter where you have travelled from, it probably took as much time to get around the M25 as it took your fellow competitors to get here.

For those of you who have never been to West Mersea before this is the home of the Oyster, more especially the Mersea Native. Unfortunately when you are here there is no R in the month so the season is over, but never fear the Rock Oysters will be plentiful.  We also have a brewery and Vineyard, so the essentials of your stay are covered.

The Race team aims to provide you with fair and safe racing on the extensive waters of the Blackwater Estuary, for all the sailors we hope to give you a Fun event.  No guarantees on the weather but if we get some sun we can expect SE to S sea breezes of 10 to 15 knots.  Failing that the prevailing direction is SW.

On shore the social team together with the Class have prepared an extensive programme commensurate with your 80th Anniversary, a mixture of food styles and types at a number of locations.

Organising Committee Contacts:

Julian Berney………… Overall and National 18 representative

Sheena Berney………..Overall and Blackwater SC representative

Richard Taylor……….Overall and WMYC representative

Simon Clifton………….Dabchicks representative

Peter O’Donovan……….Ireland representative and Social programme

Tommy Dwyer………80th Anniversary Celebration

For further information email WMYCsailing@gmail.com

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